BP: 2,000 barrels a day now captured from oil leak

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Posted: May 18, 2010 8:45 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil, leak, BP, tube, siphon, barrels, fix, spill

BP says its mile-long tube siphoning oil from a blown-out well is bringing more crude to the surface.

BP PLC says the narrow tube is now drawing 2,000 barrels a day for collection in a tanker, double the
amount when it started operation Sunday.

The company hopes the method can draw about half the leaking oil.

BP have put the leak at 5,000 barrels a day from the crippled well, but officials say its a rough estimate at best.

Scientists who have studied video of the leak say the amount could be significantly more.

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